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Trend Spotting for School Librarians at the 2011 NEAISL Conference

by Joe Murphy Librarian on April 7th, 2011

I had the joy of presenting for an audience of School librarians about “Library Trend Spotting” at the 2011 New England Association of Independent School Librarians Annual Conference on April 8 in Middlebury, CT.

I focused on the confluence of technology needs/habits of contemporary students, the technological trends, and the changing roles of and skills for library staff.

From the program:

Joe Murphy reveals the most important technologies to know for this year, explains how they are influencing libraries, and identifies the skills required to master them.  He discusses the major trends across social and mobile technology and explores the steps and challenges to implementing these tools at our libraries. More than addressing how to leverage new technologies, this talk specifies what these tech trends mean for school libraries.

I introduce some statistics about child internet and tech usage to set the context, explain and demo some of the major technologies impacting information engagement this year explaining what we need to know and how to apply them, then explore the ways these trends may affect library staff including new skills and roles for us.

The conference was a great event with a keynote about “Developing the Life Long Learner” by Dr. Douglas J. Lyons, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and a great line up of sessions.

I learned so much from the school media specialists I met and look forward to working with them more in the future.
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